Think You Understand these Sculptures? Think, and Look, Again
This image is of Canadian sculptor’s work “Schrodiger’s Wood” which is not what it appears. Well, it is, and it isn’t.
The work is carved out of Ash–the actual tree trunk, bark and all.
It appears to be 2 pieces of the tree, connected by a rope. The two pieces of wood working with gravity in an attempt to completely fray the knot. The viewer can almost hear the end result as the lower part of the tree trunk crashes to the floor.
But things are ‘knot’ quite as they seem…
That fragile rope knot is actually carved wood, and the entire piece is carved from a single trunk, rather than 2 sections being pieced together.
Still not convinced, check out this photo of the sculptor at work–
Wood Carvings Combine Illusion and Tension
Another piece that Lasserre created that also includes both illusion and tension is “Improbable Worlds”
In this sculpture, it appears that Lasserre has cut a piano in half and placed them in a way that holds a wishbone tenuously in mid-air.
Yep, that wishbone is connected to and carved from the piano.
Of course, in order for a wishbone to work it must be broken, as shown in this detail of “After the Wish”
Illusion is just one of the themes we see in Lasserre’s work. Tension is evident in many of works, including those that are not wood carvings. You can see more examples on his website where he explores other types of tension, such as the opposing forces of life and death, and war and peace.
Found Objects Made into Wood Carvings Sculpture
This sculptor also revels in taking found objects and carving them into something new that demands our attention.
Case in point, “Janus”, a carousel horse.
What appears to be a normal carousel horse when viewed from one side, takes on an entirely new meaning when viewed from the other side.
This sculpture was displayed at Banksy’s creation, Dismaland appropriately enough.
Lasserre also works on found objects of a smaller scale. Finding inspiration in even a simple momento, this piece “Souvenir” (which in french means ‘remember’) is a case in point
Ordinary on the front, extraordinary on the flip side.
And finally, but thankfully not the last of this talented artist’s works, we show “Decoy” which lives up to its name.
Appearing to be one thing, but in reality something else entirely
Ash tree trunk, chain hoist, gantry
156 x 16 x 15 inches
64 x 27 x 54 inches
re-carved carousel horse
42 x 40 x 14 inches
(re-)carved African drummer figure
10 x 5 x 26 inches
(re-)carved duck decoy
15 x 5 x 6 inches